Hunting Closes In Punjab Province of Pakistan


Published: October - 2008

Over in Pakistan, it seems that the Punjab Wildlife and Parks Department has shut down all hunting and shooting in that province. According to an article in the Pakistani online newspaper The International News, the local government closed hunting due to a sharp decline in the population of most wild animals and bird species. Punjab is the province where hunts for Punjab urial take place. To find out what was happening, we contacted operator Anchan Mirza of Karakurum Treks & Tours, who opened hunting in the Punjab for international hunters in 2005. He says that although poaching in the area still exists, it has decreased significantly since he began working with local communities there to protect urial for sport hunting.

According to Mirza, there was a recent change in government in Pakistan, and the decision to close hunting in the Punjab apparently was made while the position for director of Wildlife and Parks there was vacant. Mirza says he has since spoken with the new director, who was just getting settled into his office. After making a case for continuing urial hunting as a way to support conservation and local communities, Mirza says the director has agreed to a meeting sometime this month to discuss the possibility of allowing continued hunting for urial. Due to political changes in the country, it may be some time before the situation is a clear, says Mirza. I will advise you once I know. Hunting in Punjab usually begins in December. Hunting in other areas of Pakistan is unaffected.

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